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Historically, power complexes begin to falter long before the ruling elite realizes that the oppressed are organizing. Czarist Russian elitists did not fully appreciate the formidable force of organized peasants. The French revolutionaries similarly surprised their oppressors by the magnitude of underground support for a new way of doing things.
The uprising against the dominant medical-industrial complex is no different, as it meets the same old slumbering elitist criteria.
While the elitists smugly continue pandering their symptomcontrol methods, which always have side effects, a better way of health continues to gather momentum. Slowly but surely, the downplayed art of healing is being rediscovered and is increasingly practiced within the alternative medicine community. More Western humans leave the dominant medical treatment model with each passing day. Often their departure centers on a sense that something very important is missing from mainstream medicine’s approach to health versus disease.
The Medical-Industrial Complex
Some of us argue that mainstream medicine has lost its soul. In place of the soul—from which all healing effects emerge—mainstream medicine has instituted symptom-control treatment strategies. But symptom control always comes with a price, and that price is paid within its patients’ bodies, manifesting as side effects and toxicities. A vicious cycle follows, when these side effects are treated with yet more symptom-control modalities.
True healing has but one side effect—its impact on the medical-industrial complex’s bottom line.
The medical-industrial complex is a profit-oriented system. The multi-conglomerates that make up this system exist to make money. The system works quite simply: The industry develops products (pharmaceutical drugs, for instance), which are sensationalized through the media and sold to the public. Of course, the pursuit of maximum profit provides a disincentive to share more effective healing strategies. Meanwhile, the downsides of these products—side effects and toxicities—are minimized.
To protect its profits, the medical-industrial complex conducts various disinformation campaigns. The media, with its own advertising revenue goals to consider, is generally all too happy to promote these half-truths, which engender fear in those who seek alternative counsel.
Common methods of disinformation include: the results of poorly run studies trashing various alternative modalities; the professional opinions of “certified” experts; and the mantra about a “lack of scientific data,” when they know very well that it is they who control which data are collected in the first place.
If you’re in the system but rock the boat, consequences can be quick and severe. In the introduction to his book, Some Things Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Menopause, Dr. John Lee relates that his reputation initially suffered at the hands of the complex. He adds, however, that the complex underestimated the power of the international women’s network regarding what works.
Garbage In, Garbage Out
A medical system run by the profit interests of the medicalindustrial complex is analogous to a diet of junk food. Although junk food tastes like real food, it will harm the body if it is continuously ingested. So it is with modern medicine.
Americans are bombarded by clever advertising schemes that encourage the consumption of injurious ingredients, whether they’re fast foods or mainstream medicine’s latest drugs and procedures. In the case of junk food, until recently almost everyone seemed to eat it. But slowly, more people are catching on to the fact that these processed foods are harmful. We’ve become aware that processed foods—altered by chemicals, hormone mimics and nutrient depletions—will injure our bodies. The food industry’s media campaigns still tout the latest clever come-on, but fewer people are vulnerable to these tactics with each passing year.
Similarly, the underground healthcare revolution cultivates an awareness of the consequences of our obedience to the profit-generating dictums of mainstream medicine.
My Medical History
Part of the success of the dominant medicine paradigm arises from the incomplete education of physicians on a) what science has revealed, and b) the verifiable results of other healing modalities. I, too, was a victim of my complex-funded education. Without realizing it, I became a believer in the corrupted mainstream view of the medical universe. As a consequence, I have been unintentionally guilty of prescribing treatments that were not in my patients’ best interest. I believed in a system of healthcare where side effects and toxicities were treated with more medications and procedures. I regretfully remember discouraging patients from seeking or continuing alternative treatment modalities. However, I thank several of my doggedly stubborn patients who continually pointed out to me the inconsistencies of my educational paradigm. To my credit, I kept mulling over the unexplainable healing outcomes when patients adhered to what I considered fringe advice. As the years ticked by, I continued to collect inconsistencies that the mainstream view of health versus disease could not explain.
A major breakthrough occurred when I married my wife, Brenda, about ten years ago. Brenda is a chiropractor. Initially, I humored myself by offering her space in my office. I still remember with humility witnessing what two hands could accomplish for a variety of afflictions, compared to my medical training. My wife also began to instruct me in the importance of medicinal herbs, nutritional supplements and colon health.
The Native American Way
As often happens, I found part of the solution to my brainwashing right in the place where I had set up my medical practice: the Flathead Indian Reservation. I practiced for many years among those wonderful people before they asked me to begin praying in their lodges with them. Once the initiation began, I came to view things differently. It was a gradual process, like so many other important steps in life. So gradual, in fact, that my favorite medicine man nicknamed me “slow learner.”
This medicine man began to patiently teach me about the matters of the heart. To protect his privacy and ways, he shall remain anonymous. He comes from a long line of medicine people and is of full blood. He has taken no short cuts. He knows the songs, the prayers, the language and the medicines. He was a traditional Indian before it was trendy, living a lifestyle that respects all of creation.
In one of his first lessons for me, he told me that I was a typical white person who didn’t know how to pray for myself. He showed me that life was a prayer, and taught me songs to sing with my prayers. Slowly I began to change. Part of the change inspired a renewed interest in how we heal from chronic degenerative disease.
About four years ago my inner voice began to say, “Walk off into the abyss.” Initially, I clung to my comfy life and possessions, but my discontent grew stronger, and that inner voice cried out more often. About the time I had decided to take the leap— to walk off into the unknown—an Amish family approached me about buying my farm. Somehow, I was able to part with a piece of land that I loved dearly. I sold my practice, along with my other encumbering possessions.
Three months later, I was running on a beach in Oregon, when it came to me that I should write a book about how the body heals itself. The writing was really slow going at first. Looking back on it, I’m grateful that I was so naïve about the long and difficult task I was undertaking. During the past three and a half years, I have realized that I am a warrior in the transforming revolution for the empowerment of people in regard to their healing choices. When I say that I am a warrior for healthcare change, I do not mean to imply I have great importance by myself. Rather, I am one of many channels through which love’s light travels and expresses itself. I am more accurately described as Pooh Bear, in The Tao of Pooh. For some reason the angels are working through me to deliver an important message about how we heal. How we heal has little to do with the dominant medical system and its treatment strategies for the diseases of middle age.
Seven Principles of Healing
The middle-aged body wants to heal itself. Around middle age, seven interrelated principles of health generally start to falter. Unless all are attended to, chronic degenerative diseases begin to insidiously propagate, deteriorating the body. Common examples of these imbalances, which arise from one or more faltering principles of health, include obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, arthritis, hormone imbalance and diabetes. Each of these common diseases can be healed without side effects when all seven principles of health are rebalanced.
The achievement of balance requires the afflicted person’s active participation. Without participation, the only treatment possibility is symptom control. However, for those willing to take an active role in their own disease solution, there are many cases where the above diseases heal, or at least stabilize.
The seven interrelated principles are:
Prevent rust formation within the tissues
Prevent hardening processes within the blood vessels
The hormones giveth and the hormones taketh away
You are what you supply and absorb
Take out your cellular trash water
Avoid low-voltage cell syndrome
Maximize the ratio between the energies that heal body tissues and the energies that maim them
The underground revolution in healthcare choices is particularly affected by principle seven. This principle concerns the quality and integrity of life energies, an important consideration almost completely ignored by mainstream medicine because of its overwhelming preoccupation with disease and symptoms. This mainstream approach likens the human body to a slab of meat—all that is left when the mysterious life energies are removed from consideration. As a person and a healer, I take exception to this inhumane approach. There is more to people than their symptoms—and besides, no one wants to be treated like a slab of meat during a medical exam.
Fortunately, these important life energies are a common denominator between many alternative healing modalities. Chiropractic, homeopathy, acupuncture, massage, yoga, meditative prayer and chakra energy work all reinvigorate the life-energy field. The life-energy field improves because these modalities have something important in common—they release the chaotic energies while facilitating the rhythmical energies.
I recently attended a course in Denver offered by the American Board of Holistic Medicine, and sat for the exam. Unlike other medical conferences I’ve attended, this group was committed to seeking the truth. Part of the course emphasized the healing power of love itself. Other parts of the course taught us about how to properly refer patients to chiropractors, acupuncturists, homeopaths, massage therapists, energy workers and herbalists.
Sometimes the messenger of truth does not possess an official title. For example, there was a medical intuitive there who could see the life energies within. She counseled numerous conference attendees, and the physicians in attendance believed her.
The underground healthcare revolution bears the burden of educating those who are unaware. As in other times of exponential change, the dominant power elitists are largely unaware of the strength and conviction within the alternative healthcare movement. Let them slumber into oblivion. A new day is not far off.
WAbout the Author:
Dr. Bill Ferril lives in Montana. He explains each of these seven principles of health in his book, The Body Heals. To contact Dr. Ferril or to find out more about his book and teachings, visit his website at thebodyheals.com.
Written by William B. Ferril, M.D.
Tuesday, 01 June 2010
Categories: General Well Being